My Sage Z-Axis arrived today and it is beautiful. 9'6" 4-piece 7-weight. It's a perfect match with my Orvis Battenkill Large Arbor IV (a discontinued size that was always too small for my 8-weight) loaded with Rio Grand fly line. A little time in the wind in the back yard when I got home gave me reason to be optimistic that it won't take me long at all to get used to this fast action rod.
I hope to get it wet this Sunday. I can't believe I haven't been smallmouth fishing yet this season! But now that I have this new toy, I will not be able to resist. Rain or shine, I will be taking this work of art on the river this weekend.